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Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. If you are on a tight budget and have the desire to travel, it can be as cheap or even cheaper than staying at home. If you work remotely on internet, it’s even better because you earn a living while your travel.

Saving on transportation and accommodation is the key to budget travels. If you take a flight, try to use a budget airline, you will save quite a bit. Make research on affordable accommodations before your scheduled departure. Hostels, AirBnB’s and guest houses are available pretty much everywhere you’ll travel to. If you travel slow, you will save on transportation and benefit by seeing more of the country you’re visiting. You also have more chances to meet locals and be invited as their guest.

Public transport is usually pretty cheap. Buses and trains are usually the way to go. Of course, there are airlines like Ryanair in Europe that can make traveling very affordable. Hitchhiking can be another solution but may not be allowed in certain countries.

Packing light is also strongly suggested. You may find yourself walking great distances sometimes. Finding a great backpack can be tricky and prices vary quite a bit. Try to buy one that is water proof but at the same time is considered a carry-on. Make sure your travel documents are kept dry at all times. (I use a ziploc bag and it works great)

Use social media to let your friends know where you’re traveling to. You might receive an invitation to stay at their place and that way, you’ll save big on accommodation. To stretch your money even more, buy groceries and prepare your own food. Of course, once in a while, you can treat yourself to a nice meal in a restaurant. If you fly, bring some food with you. Food on an airplane can be expensive and is usually not that good. Also, bring an empty water bottle and fill it up after going through security.

Another important thing is your shoes. Make sure they are good quality. Budget travelers often walk quite a bit to save money. A three season jacket is also a good idea in order to remain warm. A hoodie and some gloves can be very handy as well.

If you need internet, try not to buy a Sim card at the airport because they are usually more expensive. Wait until you reach the town of destination. In my recent trip to Panama, I paid only $5 for unlimited internet for 7 days.

Last but not least, inform your financial institution that you are going to travel abroad. That way, you will not have surprises while withdrawing funds from your bank account or credit card.